Emblamatic ethnic hatred

Daniel Pipes:

"THE prime minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, informed the world this month, among other things, that 'Jews rule this world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them.' Condoleezza Rice, the U.S. national security adviser, described Mahathir's comments as 'hateful, they are outrageous.'

But she then added, 'I don't think they are emblematic of the Muslim world.' If only she were right about that.

"In fact, Mahathir's views are precisely emblematic of current Muslim discourse about Jews - symbolized by the standing ovation his speech received from an all-Muslim audience of leaders representing 57 states. Then, a Saudi newspaper reports, when Western leaders criticized Mahathir, 'Muslim leaders closed ranks' around him with words of praise ('very correct,' 'a very, very wise assessment').

"Although anti-Jewish sentiments among Muslims go back centuries, today's hostility results from two main developments: Jewish success in modern times and the establishment of Israel.

". . .notes Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America, 'Hatred of Jews is widespread throughout the Muslim world. It is taught in the schools and preached in the mosques. Cartoons in Muslim newspapers routinely portray Jews in blatantly anti-Semitic terms.'"

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